Decent letter disp[layed on reader's notifceboard

SIR - T P Gidman has excelled himself this week hasn t he? (Is flag argument flawed?). Regular readers will be familiar with his views, but his letter in the November 4 edition is beyond the pale on two counts. 1. His claim that Jeremy Bell derides Engl

SIR - T P Gidman has excelled himself this week hasn't he? (Is flag argument flawed?). Regular readers will be familiar with his views, but his letter in the November 4 edition is beyond the pale on two counts.

1. His claim that Jeremy Bell "derides English nationhood" in his letter of October 28 is totally untrue, in my opinion.

To imply that Jeremy Bell's letter suggests that he wants mass immigration to obliterate English essentialness is absolute twaddle. I was so impressed with the decency of the views displayed in Mr Bell's letter, I cut it out and stuck it on my notice board.

Far from deriding English nationhood, Mr Bell was contrasting the nastiness of the BNP's anti-Semitic views, with the fact that Jesus was a Jew.


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Not only has the BNP usurped the Union Jack and Winston Churchill to give the impression it is truly British, but, as alleged by Nick Griffin, is also Christian.

2. Gidman has frequently attacked Christianity (and other faiths) in the local press. Where on earth does he get his Bible history from?

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King Izaekle. Who is he? A Google search resulted in only Gidman's letter being quoted. Whoever he was, he did not compile the Bible in 730AD.

The Old Testament is the Hebrew Tanak, consisting of The Law (Torah), The Prophets and The Writings, and goes back thousands of years before the birth of Jesus. The New Testament has had a chequered history having been subject to disputes over centuries as to which books were or were not "canonical", ie acceptable to the authorities. Suffice to say here that by AD 367, the New Testament as we know it, had been established.

If Mr Gidman cares to look at a Bible, he will see that two letters by Jesus' "best buddy" Peter are included. Agreed there is no Gospel of Peter in the Bible, however if Gidman would look up The Gospel of Peter on the internet, he will read "And they brought two malefactors and crucified the Lord between them." Bang goes his theory that Jesus was not crucified.

Clearly Mr Gidman's views are deeply flawed.

Tony Olsson, Ilfracombe.

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